Families lose challenge over special-needs funding

Three families who challenged the government over its approach to special needs and disability (Send) funding have lost their case at the High Court. The BBC is reporting. 

The legal action had been brought by three children with Send on behalf of others who also rely on the funding.

Nico Heugh Simone, 15, of Robertsbridge, East Sussex, Dakota Riddell, nine, of Birmingham, and Benedict McFinnigan, 14, of Scarborough, were acting through their mothers.

But government lawyers, who opposed the legal action, had argued the increase in demand had been recognised by the ministers and Mr Damian Hinds had “made it clear” high needs would be one of his priorities ahead of the 2019 spending review.

Giving his verdict, Mr Justice Lewis said there was “no reasonable basis” for concluding the defendants had treating children and young people with special educational needs in a similar way to other children without such needs.”

Nico’s mother, Lorraine Heugh, said: “We are understandably disappointed by the ruling.

“We campaigned for months on this issue and still believe that not only our children but thousands of other children across the country are being failed by the current system.

“Although the ruling may not have found in our favour, we will not stop campaigning for change.”

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